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Surdna Foundation Thriving Cultures Program

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Surdna Foundation Thriving Cultures Program



The Thriving Cultures Program supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources that enable them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities.

We seek funding opportunities that:
Operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations;
Provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises (such as financial institutions and resource providers);
Support arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development. These activities may include: Cultural programming
Business incentives that help build the local creative economy
Cross-sector collaborations that yield opportunities for all residents to reap the cultural and economic benefits from neighborhood growth

Document (both qualitatively and quantitatively) the growth of arts-based, creative industries in neighborhoods;
Identify and share best practices in order to strengthen the field of arts and economic development.

We give preference to organizations that:
Embrace artistic and design excellence;
Find innovative ways to use arts and culture to make communities more just and sustainable;
Prioritize the needs of low-income communities and people of color in their work;
Maintain sound financial practices and management;
Demonstrate a capacity and willingness to share best practices and knowledge with their colleagues and others in the field;
Partner with public and/or private entities that are committed to fostering artists and the field of arts and culture;
Demonstrate a commitment to economic and cultural equity;
Engage the deep reserves of talent, civic pride, and leadership of a community and proactively address its needs


To learn more about this funding opportunity and to submit a letter of inquiry, click here.



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